WASHINGTON - The United States has renewed its confidence in Pakistan’s nuclear weapons security, but said there was scope for improvement. “While there is room for improvement in the security of any country’s nuclear programme, Pakistan has a professional and dedicated security force that fully understands the importance of nuclear security,” State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said.

Welcoming Pakistan’s statement that it is fully committed to the objectives of disarmament and non-proliferation, she said the US “is confident that the Government of Pakistan is well aware of its responsibilities and has secured its nuclear arsenal accordingly”. “We recognise that Pakistan is fully engaged with the international community on nuclear safety and security issues, and is working hard to ensure its strategic export controls are in line with international standards,” the spokesperson said.

“Pakistan is a state party to both Chemical Weapons Convention and Biological Weapons Convention and is a partner in the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism.”

Washington and Islamabad, she stated, regularly hold talks on issues of shared interest including Afghan stability and would continue to work together towards more stability and security of Pakistan and the region.

“We have regular discussions with the Government of Pakistan on a range of issues on important shared interests, including nuclear security, counterterrorism and fostering a stable Afghanistan. We will continue to work together to find ways to cooperate to make Pakistan and the region more secure, stable and prosperous.”